After the Golden Globes, you will hear a lot of talk about the movie awards. That’s because the Globes happen before the Oscar nominations, and people actually care about the Oscars. They don’t really care about the Globes, but they can help set a narrative, so Oscar fans have to think about what happened at the Globes anyway. You may also hear talk about host Ricky Gervais, either from the tedious people who make a point to criticize him any chance they get and the tedious people who defend him to the ends of the Earth. However, the Golden Globes also hand out TV awards. They are an afterthought, we must admit. I love TV, but I find it hard to care at all about the Globes’ awards for television.
It’s not that I am anti-award show. I pay attention to the Emmys. The Emmys are the TV award of record, just like the Oscars are the movie award of record. That’s the problem for the Globes. They have to relation to the Emmys other than basically coming after them, at least in how we think about TV. The Emmys already heaped praise and trophies on the final season of Fleabag. Who cares that the Globes just did it? Of course they did. It’s the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. They have an affinity for Europe, and also for ingénues.
The Globes also make puzzling decisions left and right. Like this year, for example, when they gave nominations to The Morning Show and The Politician. At least the Morning Show nomination makes sense from a HFPA perspective, because they love celebrities. They love stars, and sure enough Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Jennifer Aniston got nominations. They also all lost to Olivia Colman, an Oscar winner with a lot of cache herself.
It is interesting the Globes gave Best Performance in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy to Ramy Youssef for Ramy. And yet, when it comes to the Globes you have to wonder if they did it from a genuine place, or to make a splash. They also named Succession the Best Drama, even if many people, myself included, consider it a comedy.
I’m sure the winners are happy they one. Phoebe Waller-Bridge has a couple more trophies for her collection. To be, though, it’s all a big shrug. The Golden Globes “matter” for film, but the fact is they don’t “matter” for television outside of the people who get nominated.